Published: 06/15/2017

Prescription medications could be responsible for the condition of your mouth.  Whether you are suffering from bleeding gums, tooth decay, or dry mouth in Rockville, MD, medication, supplements, and even vitamins could be at the root of your problem. Your dentist should review your medical history with you, along with any prescription and over-the-counter vitamins and supplements you may be taking. When you go, bring a complete list to ensure that you and your doctor are on the same page.

A Bad Taste in the Mouth

Some drugs, like those for anti-inflammatory or smoking cessation purposes, can affect your sense of taste. Whether you experience a loss of taste or a chronically unpleasant one, such as bitterness, it is helpful to know that this side effect is linked to the medication.

Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, both prescription and over-the-counter varieties, can be good for your overall health but they can create a problem for your oral health. In addition to causing your gums to bleed, they may reduce the body’s ability to produce blood clots during oral surgery.

Inflammation and Sores

Oral contraceptives, blood pressure pills, and some medications used in chemotherapy are known to irritate the soft tissue, producing inflammation, discoloration, and sores.

Dry Mouth

One of the most common causes of dry mouth in Rockville, MD are prescription drugs, which can produce side effects like gum disease and tooth decay. Dry mouth is caused by a long list of medications, including antihistamines, painkillers, muscle relaxers, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and many more. These medications cause the mouth to become dry, preventing your saliva from doing its job of cleansing the mouth.

For more information about the effects of medication upon your smile, contact our office to schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Steven Rice will review your prescription medication list with you and partner with your doctor to find alternatives to keep you and your smile healthy.

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